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, the president responded to the internal report on another scandal that being the irs, targeting conservative groups. the president said in part the report's findings or intolerable and inexcusable. i've directed secretary lew to hold those responsible accountable and each of the inspect general's recommendations are implemented quickly so that conduct never happens again. joining us is kelly o'donnell. let's talk ago attorney general holder. there would be some anticipation that there would be this grilling. we know that a lot of high-level rhetoric coming in regarding this. nevertheless, i think we're getting what we expected in that holder recused himself so a lot of questions he could not answer. >> and once you hear a few of those "i don't know" some of the air comes out of the room. and certainly when you have house members and each getting a very short amount of time -- >> kelly, i apologize. he's answering questions regarding the irs. let's listen in. i'm sorry. thank you. >> i think we're going to have to get into the investigation before i can answer that question more intelligently
. if in fact irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. and there is no place for it. and they have to be held fully accountable. >> meanwhile, today, tea party favorite in florida senator marco rubio called for steven miller to step down. he said, quote, it is clear the irs cannot operate with even a shred of the american he's amendment confidence under the current leadership. and it is drawing criticism from the democrats as well. the actions of the irs are unacceptable and unamerican. virginia senator tim kaine said there's no excuse for ideological discrimination in our system. the flood gates have open. i have senator shaheen with a comment. senator warren, ron johnson as well. so aed in gate of lawmakers now commenting on this irs scandal from both sides of the aisle. >> absolutely. that flood gate will surely open up to investigations that will be conducted by the senate and the house. chairman baucus saying he will use his committee in order to look at what happened at the irs.
congressional hearing into the irs scandal has wrapped up after nearly five hours. it is the first of many hearings into the irs. lawmakers heard testimony from ousted acting irs commissioner steve miller and the agency's inspector general, jay russell george. most of the questions accused miller of lying to congress. >> why did you mislead congress and the american people on this? >> mr. chairman, i did not mislead congress or the american people. i answered the questions as they were asked. >> you didn't mention targeting based on ideology. you didn't mention targeting based on words like tea party or patriots or 9/12. you knew that but you didn't mention this to the committee. did you not think that was a very incomplete answer? >> i answered truthfully. i never said i didn't do anything wrong. what i said is contained in the questions. i resigned because as the acting commissioner, what happens in the irs, whether i was personally involved or not, stops at my desk. i also will tell you. >> let me ask you -- i'm going to mr. george because my time -- you're not going to cooperate with m
to characterize it as serious a matter as i said it was. >> last question? >> on the irs matter, what statutes potentially may have been violated? >> we'll have to get to that. there are a variety of statutes within the irs code that i am not familiar with. have the ability to give you the numbers, too. but we have looked at in addition, there are other things in title 18 that we would be looking at as well. >> you've been with boston and benghazi and the irs and this. it seems like the fbi is involved in a lot of stuff. wondering if you have an update on the new fbi director? >> sure. that process is underway. we're in the process of talking, at least amongst ourselves about people and i've reached out and talked to the candidates. that process is underway. >> thank you very much. >> we've been listening to this news conference with attorney general eric holder. really tackling a number of issues from questions being answered regarding guantanamo bay but the pressing news of the day, the continued investigation of what happened with the irs and allegations that it targeted tea party organizat
the irs. this afternoon, the president talked more about the controversies in a news conference he held with the turkish prime minister in the arraigny rose garden after announcing the resignation. today the president said the government needs to prevent something like this from ever happening again. >> i'm looking forward to working with congress to fully investigate what happened. make sure it doesn't happen again and also, look at some of the laws that create a bunch of ambiguity in which the irs may not have enough guidance and not be clear about what exactly they need to be doing and doing it right so that the american people have confidence that the tax laws are being applied fairly and evenly. >> in another development, nbc news confirms the president plans to appoint a new acting irs commissioner this week. let me bring in our "news nation" political panel. talk show host michael smerconish, washington bureau chief for the "chicago sun time times", lynn sweet, and michael tomasky. thank you for joining me. lynn, let me start with you. the president is attempting to put a lid on
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